Conference: Reimagining Urban Governance

The closing conference for the 2022 Oslo Architecture Triennale spotlighted urban governance and leadership, opening for fundamental questions regarding governance models and decision making, seeking to connect them to hands-on cases and practices in Oslo and Norway.

Ethical ambitions and the power of judgement in city making

Published 20.03.23


  • Welcome: Mission Neighbourhood Status
    - Christian Pagh, Director and Chief Curator, Oslo Architecture Triennale

  • Urban governance in Oslo:
    Introducing Oslo’s planning practices and aspirations
    - Hanne Sophie Solhaug, Head of Urban development, The City of Oslo

  • Doughnut Economics in urban planning – applied in Oslo
    - Marie Indrelid Winsvold, Head of Sustainability, HAV Eiendom
    - Kate Raworth, Economist, Author of “Doughnut Economics”, Senior associate professor at Oxford University
    - Leonora Grcheva, Cities and Regions Lead, Doughnut Economics Action Lab
  • DEiG report delivered to James Stove Lorentzen,
    Head of Oslo’s committee of urban development

  • The city of Oslo’s potential for bringing about green transition and societal change
    Thomas Berman, CEO at SoCentral, and Co-founder of Pådriv Oslo


  • Alternative perspectives on law in urban planning
    Tarjei Pedersen, Lawyer, Partner, CMS Kluge Advokatfirma AS

  • Professional responsibility, judgement, and creativity in governance
    Morten Sørensen Thaning, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School

  • Shaping missions – Design, public policy, and purpose
    - Dan Hill, Director of Melbourne School of Design
    - Einar Sneve Martinussen, Associate professor, AHO

  • 10 years of design in urban governance – learnings from Helsinki
    Hanna Harris, Chief Design Officer, City of Helsinki

  • Respondents – Three perspectives on moving forward
    - James Stove Lorentzen, Head of Oslo’s committee of urban development
    - Tone Tennevik Dahl, Director of Norsk Eiendom
    - Tor Inge Hjemdal, Director of DOGA

  • Conversation between contributors

    Closing perspectives Triennale 2022
  • Closing remarks from Erling Dokk Holm,
    Director of the Oslo Architecture Triennale board

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